Hunt on for another ‘financial brain’ of Hurriyat

Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 18:45

New Delhi: In the wake of FBI arresting
Ghulam Nabi Fai for receiving funds from Pakistan`s ISI, Delhi
Police has launched a manhunt for Nasir Safi Mir, who is
accused of funding several Hurriyat leaders and is believed to
have fled to the Gulf after jumping parole.



Apart from Mir, considered as the "financial brain"
behind funding of separatist activities in Kashmir,
investigators were also probing the role of some senior
government officials who had helped him in securing a passport
from a southern state which came in handy for him to flee from
Nepal around October 2008, official sources said.



The name of Mir, a resident of North Kashmir who
ostensibly used carpet trade and later a money exchange
business in Dubai for sending hawala money to Hurriyat leaders
and other separatists in Kashmir, cropped up when the
government was examining the role of Fai and whether India
could give some additional information to the US, the sources
said.



Mir, against whom a non-bailable warrant was issued in
2009, managed to escape using the Nepal route from where he
had used the forged passport procured with the help of a
senior separatist leader in Kashmir and officials in security
establishment, they said.



He was arrested by Delhi Police in February 2006 while
carrying Rs 55 lakh from a Delhi-based jeweller along with
some explosives. He had jumped parole which he had got after
several requests made by his family to a court citing medical
problems.
He reached Dubai after making a detour through Europe
and Libya. However, the sources now claim that he has left
Dubai as well.



Mir, whose operations are similar to that of Fai, was
arrested by the FBI in the US earlier this month for receiving
money which could have helped the separatists in Kashmir.



The name of a former Union cabinet minister had also
surfaced during a discreet probe as he had taken up the case
of Mir release with the government after Hurriyat Chairman
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had put this as one of the pre-conditions
for entering into a dialogue. The sources said, if need be, he
too will be questioned.
The 41-year-old Dubai-based businessman, who owns a
carpet showroom and money exchange firms in the Gulf, had been
regularly reporting to the nearest police station till early
October 2008, but after that he never turned up at the police
station as well as in the court for the hearings.



With Mir, considered as a prized catch, suddenly going
missing, the court issued a non-bailable warrant against him.



According to police, Mir was last spotted publicly
with the Mirwaiz at a five star hotel in south Delhi in
September 2008.



During interrogation, Mir had allegedly told the
police that the money was meant for the Mirwaiz and also
claimed to have spilled beans about huge investments made by
the Hurriyat chairman in Dubai, they said.



Mir had alleged that the Mirwaiz had made certain
investments in buying shopping spaces in Dubai besides
investing in his (Mir`s) money exchange business, the sources
claimed. He had also claimed he used to look after the
Mirwaiz`s foreign trips. The Mirwaiz was not available for
comments.



A resident of Lal Bazar in outskirts of Srinagar city,
Mir quit his studies in 1983 to get into the carpet business
which he continued till 1990 after which he shifted to the
national capital and stayed in Lajpat Nagar area of South
Delhi.



In late 1990`s, he went to Dubai soon after his father
was arrested over his links with terrorists.
Mir had also told investigators that he first opened a
firm named Kashmir Master Computers, after which he
purportedly set up a company, Failala, but shut it down in
1998. In 1999, he again opened a firm called Idekas.



Thereafter, he reportedly started an information technology
firm.



Police have found that in 2002, Mir also opened two
money exchange companies, Reems Exchange and Cash Express,
which were allegedly being used as a stopover for money being
pushed in from Pakistan for terrorist funding in Jammu and
Kashmir.



PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 18:45

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